Magazine article Working Mother

Ask Dr. Howard

Magazine article Working Mother

Ask Dr. Howard

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My 4-year-old talks back. How can I nip this in the bud?

Preschoolers are often characterized as brassy since they try out new-sometimes less than polite-words and imitate others. The grown-up phrases coming out of your child's mouth might trigger concerns about a tough adolescence ahead, but a few simple actions can help ward off this problem. Set a good example. Parents need to watch their own language, especially when they have a 4-year-old. Check your child's media viewing. Children's programming often portrays sassiness and disrespect as humorous. It's tough to monitor everything when kids watch at their friends' houses, too. But make sure you watch shows with your child as much as possible, then discuss what goes on. Reconsider your child's other environments. If your angel starts coming home from day care using foul language, ask how these behaviors are handled there. If there isn't enough supervision, if there's inappropriate media use or if your child is being bullied, these issues should be addressed. …

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